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Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

September 6, 2014
1:00 -  9:00 pm

For over a decade, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival has featured a wealth of jazz greats, critically acclaimed up-and-coming artists and local favorites at one of the area's most spectacular venues. This all-day concert features world-class music, great food & beverages and a fireworks show over the Hudson River to end the day. The Jazz Festival is an event for all ages- and admission is still free!

Admission to the Jazz Festival is FREE. For more information, call (518) 434-2032.

This event has been moved to the rain location at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch due to the threat of thunderstorms.  

Musical Lineup 2014: 

1:00 - 1:45 pm 

Maria Zemantauski is one of the world's most heralded female flamenco-style guitarists and composers. She's brought her nylon-string guitar fusion to Spain, Italy and across the continental United States to great acclaim. Naming her the Capital Region's best acoustic guitarist, Metroland wrote, "Zemantauski has continually pushed the boundaries of the possible with her trusty 6-string, blending genres that have little or no business appearing on the same bill, much less in the same song. It's rarely less than electrifying to watch her do it." She believes that the expressive possibilities of the guitar are limitless and pursues her music with passion, confidence and grace.

2:15 - 3:15 pm

A unique project from celebrated local vibraphonist and drummer Michael Benedict, Jazz Vibes features a wealth of Capital Region talent melding Brazilian, bossa nova and straight-ahead jazz sounds. The group has released two albums, The New Beat and The Next Phase, and has quickly become one of the most popular jazz groups in the Capital District. Nationally renowned bandleader Michael Benedict has extensively toured the United States, performed in Europe and Africa, and collaborated with jazz luminaries like Gary Smulyan, Ralph Lalama, Bruce Barth and Nick Brignola.

3:45 - 4:45 pm

Led by Australian reedman Adrian Cunningham, "a young jazz artist who plays as if he has been playing for over a century" (All About Jazz), The Professor's syllabus is taken from the finest New Orleans repertoire, from Sidney Bechet to Fats Domino. Since forming in 2012, the NYC-based band has quickly become a favorite at clubs and festivals throughout the land, inspiring spontaneous Lindy Hop parties wherever they roam. "Professor" Adrian Cunningham is widely recognized as one of his home country's best jazz exports. With fluent command of the saxophones, clarinet, and flute, he is one of the finest multi-instrumentalists in contemporary jazz. As well as performing in every continent but Antarctica with his own groups, Adrian has become an in-demand freelance musician, working with everyone from Bucky Pizzarelli to the Cat Empire to Men At Work's Colin Hay.

5:15 - 6:15 pm

The Wall Street Journal calls Catherine Russell "one of the outstanding singers of our time," her voice "drenched in emotion, drama, experience and pure swing." Russell's rich career began as an in-demand background singer working with stars like Paul Simon, David Bowie, Steely Dan and Roseanne Cash. Since launching her solo career less than a decade ago with the stunning Cat, Russell has built a reputation as one of the foremost interpreters and explorers of mid-20th century American music. Her latest album, Bring It Back, follows 2012's chart-topping Strictly Romancin', and finds Russell fronting an expanded 10-piece band and covering her widest artistic ground yet - from the early days of jazz through the swing era and into the R&B explosion - but with her most personal stamps. That takes extra inspiration and depth from her mother, pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray, who passed away shortly after the album was finished, as well the very strong presence of her father, long-time Louis Armstrong bandleader and arranger Luis Russell. Most profoundly, the album features the first-ever recording of "Lucille", a song of her father's, recently discovered in the Armstrong archives. Through it all, she makes the most of what NPR calls "a voice that wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the Garden of Eden".

JACK DEJOHNETTE TRIO, featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison
6:45 - 8:30 pm

"Generally regarded as one of the finest living jazz drummers" (Los Angeles Times), NEA Jazz Master & Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette's career spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern music. DeJohnette's unparalleled drumming has fueled 50 years of innovation, and his creative associations read like encyclopedia of jazz history: he helped change the direction of jazz in Miles Davis' monumental late ‘60s/early ‘70s group (describing that period in his autobiography, Miles said, "Jack DeJohnette gave me a deep groove that I just loved to play over"), and has performed with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and Esperanza Spalding, among many others. As a bandleader, he's a tireless creative force, recording a diverse array of acclaimed albums with some of the music world's finest players. Along the way, he has developed a versatility that allows room for hard bop, world-music, R&B, avant-garde, and just about every other style to emerge in the past half-century. Twenty years ago, DeJohnette brought saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matt Garrison together for the first time, forming a historically significant trio representing the prestigious lineage of today's great jazz families while exploring open improvisation and their own compositions.


Fireworks at 8:30 p.m! Food and beverages will be available to purchase.

PARKING: $5 parking available at Riverfront Garage, located at Broadway and Columbia Street. This garage is handicapped accessible and provides easy entry from the top floor to Jennings Landing via the Hudson River Way pedestrian bridge.

GROUND RULES: No glass containers, animals or recording of performances.

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